(LIVE ONLINE) Watercolor Landscapes Session 2

This skill builder course is open to painters of all experience levels looking to better familiarize or advance their application of landscape views with watercolors. Participants will have the opportunity to build on their drawing skills, develop composition planning, and learn principles for simplifying and editing the landscape. Working with fluid color and expressive brushstrokes students will create landscape paintings full of life and energy.

Covered in the course:

  • Working with reference photos to compose a landscape painting
  • Editing using values as your guide
  • Color theory for vibrant colors
  • Using a variety of painting techniques to build a painting
  • Painting expressive skies
  • Painting demonstrations showing how Cynthia paints skies, trees, water
  1. Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password the day before each class session.
    2. Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the lecture and demo.
    3. A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward in order to do the assignments.
  2. A separate Zoom meeting will be scheduled for Sundays for students to present work for live critique and feedback.

(LIVE ONLINE) Portrait Drawing, the Easy Way

 

You can easily learn to draw a portrait.  Don’t waste your time trying to learn to draw portraits from a book, or an expensive on-line course, the slow way—practicing bad habits that will frustrate and disappoint you.

If you have always wanted to be able to draw portraits of friends and family, know that your lack of success is not because you don’t have talent or artistic ability, or because you don’t practice enough.  Most people who try to draw faces practice the wrong way.  In this workshop you will learn how to do amazing drawings of faces.  You will surprise your friends and family and most important yourself.

You will learn the basics of portrait drawing—the good habits that will give you hours of fun and increase your ability, every time you draw.  You will learn:

  • easy to remember portrait proportions,
  • how to take advantage of lighting so that your faces don’t look flat,
  • how to place the face on the paper,
  • how to make your drawing quickly without a lot of fuss,
  • where to begin and how to proceed,
  • how to practice to increase your skill
  • a number of different media to use for the best results and much more.

No matter what your skill or background, this workshop will have you drawing faces and loving it.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák, has been making drawing and painting fun and easy to learn for 35 years. He presents workshops and lectures on creativity, drawing, and painting.  He has taught right-brain drawing and painting methods for 35 years and is the author of  the  books: Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, Travel  Drawing and  Painting, The Pocket Drawing Book, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation.

(LIVE ONLINE) Spontaneous Watercolor Methods

 

This will be a new on-line workshop experience. The objective of the workshop is to learn many new and exciting ways to paint spontaneous watercolors. We will explore, experiment and nurture the creativity in each person participating. Robert likes to put fun into the process of painting. Along with his enthusiasm, and many new techniques, he will create an atmosphere for creative watercolor painting. Beginning, intermediate and accomplished watercolor painters are welcome!

Each class there will one or more painting exercises. Handout materials and some preparation instructions will be emailed to each student prior to each session. At the beginning of the session you will see examples of that days painting. Then you will watch Robert demonstrate that painting. Some of the days you will paint along with Robert, step by step.  There will be detailed explanations of all the painting exercises. Robert will look at each individuals endeavors and give valuable feedback.

Robert will bring to this class the same enthusiasm and energy you have experienced in his classroom workshops. You will gain from this workshop a new enthusiasm for watercolor painting and many new techniques and knowledge that you can use for a lifetime!

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvorák has been making drawing and painting easy to learn and fun to practice for 40 years. A California artist and keynote speaker on subjects of creativity, he has authored: Travel Drawing and Painting, Drawing without Fear, The Magic of Drawing, Experiential Drawing, and The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, The Pocket Drawing Book, and articles on drawing and watercolor painting in American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. He has a bachelors degree in architecture from the University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

(LIVE ONLINE) Essential Acrylic Techniques

Learn acrylic painting in the comfort of your own home. We’ll use the Zoom videoconferencing system for this online painting class. The online class will have slideshow presentations, painting demos, paint along with Wayne, and critiques. Students will have access to download a video file of the painting demo to refer to later so they can paint along at home at their own pace.

This class is designed for anyone who is a beginner to acrylic. Acrylic is an incredibly versatile medium. It can be used in illustrated journals, textured abstract paintings, or traditional portrait paintings. Learning the essential techniques of acrylic painting can help improve any art project.

Topics and exercises include:

  • Mixing colors
    • Transitioning to acrylic from other mediums
    • Preparing painting surfaces for acrylic painting
    • Blending and brush stroke techniques
    • How to create a focal point using hard and soft edges
    • How to create subtle colors using a limited color palette
    • How to apply simple art theory and composition knowledge to improve your paintings

Students are responsible for knowing how to log into Zoom. Be sure to test logging in before the first class session. Students also need to know how to send email attachments of photos of their painting so they can receive feedback from the instructor.

(LIVE ONLINE)The Magic of Watercolors

Anyone can paint watercolors when they know the magic of the medium!  This class will teach you the secrets—everything from the foundation basics to more advanced techniques.  You will learn how to:

  • use the magic of the medium
  • use different brush techniques
  • mix any color
  • paint people, landscapes, trees, and other things
  • take advantage of the white paper
  • achieve luminous transparent washes and much much more

In this hands-on class you will learn a variety of watercolor magic with this remarkable medium painting abstract, landscape, and still life subjects.  You will paint lively watercolors to express your creativity and nourish your heart and soul.  Whether you are painting in your home, traveling, vacationing, or on a weekend outing, you will easily be able to incorporate these skills.  This class will prepare you for a lifetime of watercolor painting pleasure. Beginners and more advanced students are welcome. We will be painting from in class demonstrations and simple drawings you will make from the handout materials.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvořák has been showing people how to have fun drawing and painting for 35 years. He is a watercolor artist and public speaker on the subject of creativity in education and business.  He has worked as an architectural designer and is a former professor of architecture at the Universities of Oregon and California, Berkeley.  He is the author of six books on drawing and painting:  The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, Travel Drawing and Painting, and The Pocket Drawing Book.

Materials:  A small watercolor block. 7” x 10” or one sheet of watercolor paper 22” x 30” torn to 8 sheets of 7 1/2” x 11”. A palette of watercolor paint or a watercolor pan set. A round watercolor brush #10 or #12, or a Chinese calligraphy brush. A flat 1” brush or a 1” Hake brush. A No. 2 HB Pencil. (sharp). A kneaded eraser. A pint jar for water. A cotton rag. Some tissues. A comprehensive handout will be emailed to you and you will be required to print it out, in color if possible.

(LIVE ONLINE) The Magic of Drawing

If you are a beginner or already draw, this class will teach you the magic, everything from the simple basics, to easy techniques you can use to enhance your drawing skills so you can feel confident to express yourself drawing any subject. In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Draw people, architecture, landscape, and most anything
  • Create the illusion of depth to draw three dimensional forms in seven different ways.
  • Draw quickly
  • Capture essence
  • Simplify
  • Draw freehand perspective
  • Overlap images
  • Stay relaxed and have a lot of fun drawing

In this hands-on class you will learn how to practice to improve your drawing skills. You will learn how to develop concentration, increase perception, self-awareness, and express your creativity drawing. During this well-planned series of classes you will watch your skill unfold easily like magic. This workshop will prepare you for a lifetime of drawing pleasure.  Whether you are drawing in your home, traveling, vacationing, or on a weekend outing, you will easily be able to incorporate these skills.  Beginners and more advanced students are welcome.

Instructor:  Robert Regis Dvořák has been showing people how to have fun drawing and painting for 35 years. He is a watercolor artist and public speaker on the subject of creativity in education and business. He has worked as an architectural designer and is a former professor of architecture at the Universities of Oregon and California, Berkeley.  He is the author of six books on drawing and painting: Travel Drawing and Painting, The Practice of Drawing as Meditation, Drawing Without Fear, Experiential Drawing, The Magic of Drawing, and The Pocket Drawing Book.

Materials:

You will need a drawing pad, 8.5’ X 11” or 9” x 12”, and a pen.We will not be using pencils. If you own Robert’s book, The Magic of Drawing, you will be able to use it in the class. However, the book, The Magic of Drawing, is now out of print.

New to classes on Zoom?

  • Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password a few days day before the first session.
  • Please be set up and prepared to draw at the beginning of the class. Please log on early, so that we can begin the class on time.
  • Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the class
  • A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward.

 

 

(LIVE ONLINE) Watercolor Landscapes

This skill builder course is open to painters of all experience levels looking to better familiarize or advance their application of landscape views with watercolors. Participants will have the opportunity to build on their drawing skills, develop composition planning, and learn principles for simplifying and editing the landscape. Working with fluid color and expressive brushstrokes students will create landscape paintings full of life and energy.

Covered in the course:

  • Working with reference photos to compose a landscape painting
  • Editing using values as your guide
  • Color theory for vibrant colors
  • Using a variety of painting techniques to build a painting
  • Painting expressive skies
  • Painting demonstrations showing how Cynthia paints skies, trees, water

1. Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password the day before each class session.
2. Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the lecture and demo.
3. A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward in order to do the assignments.

4. A separate Zoom meeting will be scheduled for Sundays for students to present work for live critique and feedback.

Beginning Watercolors

Watercolor has the reputation for being difficult. It can cause frustration, defeat, and disappointment, especially for those just starting out. Having a solid understanding in the bedrock basics can instill confidence and, dare we say it, enjoyment!
Learn the absolute essentials of watercolor in this limited series class with instructor, Cynthia Armstrong. Students will gain a solid understanding of all things watercolor: papers and brushes, watercolor paint properties, color theory, simple and alternative application techniques and more. The joy of creating with watercolors is within anybody’s reach!

To keep everyone healthy and safe, this is what you need to know and do:

  • Everyone must wear a face mask. 🎭
  • Art League staff will take your temperature at the door with a no-contact thermometer 🌡️
  • Please wash your hands and/or apply hand sanitizer upon arrival 🧼 👏
  • Each person (or family unit) will enjoy 6 feet of personal creative space at our spacious tables 🧍🏻‍♀️↔️🧍🏽‍♀️
  • Please bring your own materials and do not share.
  • Art League staff will try to keep front and back doors open whenever possible and have a fan/air purifier blowing to maximize ventilation
  • Art League staff will disinfect all surfaces and tools before and after every workshop
  • The building will not be open to the public during the class.🧴✨

POSTPONED Traditional Figure Drawing (May-Jun)

Drawing can be described as an inquiring investigation into visible appearance, and the learned discipline should never exclude the potential for free and spontaneous input. Intuition, feelings and impulse are essential elements to the personal development of drawing skills. This class offers an opportunity to really look at the form, structure, spaces and surfaces of the nude figure and seek a unique and individual expression of making what we see visible. Increasing our knowledge and extending our ability is an ongoing and continuous process to which everyone is invited! Please join our quest for improvement and ways to make different or better drawings. This class is limited to 14 students per class so sign up today!

 

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.

POSTPONED Introduction to Figure Drawing (May-Jun)

This is a small group to begin a study of the human form from a live model. Immerse yourself in an intimate and comprehensive introduction to the art of REALLY seeing. This class is limited to 14 students per class so sign up today!

 

 

Instructor Susie Wilson has a BA in Fine Art Printmaking from the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (UK), a degree in Illustration and an HNDBTEC degree in Education, also in the UK. . She taught Life Drawing at the Norfolk Institute and was a college lecturer in the subject at the Norwich School of Art. Since arriving in America she has taught private and group classes for approximately 20 years, and has participated in Open Studios.